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Troubled families target likely to be missed, say MPs

The government is "on course to miss" its target of turning around the lives of thousands of England's most troubled families by 2015, MPs have warned.

The Public Accounts Committee said schemes run by two government departments were both behind schedule and had to "speed up".

Ministers are spending almost £650m on tackling problems such as truancy, anti-social behaviour and unemployment.

The government said its efforts were "on track" and having a "big impact".

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) is spending £448m on its efforts to change the lives of 120,000 families it identified as being among the most troubled by problems such as unemployment and poor housing.

And the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is spending £200m on attempts to find employment for 22% of individuals being targeted by its own scheme, with private contractors being used to place people in jobs.

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